Once 80-Year Rivals, Poyant Signs And Beaumont Solar Collaborate On Project

Poyant Signs, a sign manufacturing and branding specialist, recently teamed up with locally based installer Beaumont Solar to build a 330 kW rooftop solar array atop the sign company’s 50,000-square-foot headquarters in New Bedford, Mass.

According to Beaumont Solar, the facility will be able to generate 100% of its energy needs on-site, and the new solar system also has built-in excess capacity to handle future growth in Poyant Signs’ electric demand.

Ironically, Poyant and Beaumont Solar were once 80-year crosstown rivals: Beaumont Solar was also the Beaumont Sign company dating back to 1918, and the two companies often competed for projects head-to-head. When Beaumont decided to focus on renewable energy full time, it was Poyant that acquired the Beaumont Sign business.

“Solar power had been something we were considering for our business,” says Richard Poyant, president and owner of Poyant Signs. “As a family philosophy, we are constantly updating our manufacturing processes to be environmentally friendly where possible, and more of our customers require this of their vendors as well.”

Poyant adds, “From our first meeting, Beaumont explained all aspects of solar for us. Throughout construction, they hit all their marks in a timely manner and made sure we were in sync with the utility and all our documents. It was pretty much a turnkey solution for us.”

“It was a highly coordinated effort between our two companies, and Richard and his staff were top-flite partners on this project,” says Phil Cavallo, president and CEO of Beaumont Solar. “Poyant Signs is another great example of a thriving New Bedford company, a staple in our community for many years, using local people in their work orce.”

In fact, Beaumont Solar says it was a team effort all around, with the New Bedford Economic Council, the City of New Bedford Conservation Commission and the Beaumont Solar staff of electricians from Local IBEW 223 all working together in a go-forward manner to ensure the system was commissioned before the end of 2016.

Photo courtesy of Marty Higgins Photography: The entire Poyant family gathered to celebrate making their dream of using solar energy a reality.


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